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Full Postal AddressShip Inn, Porlock, MINEHEAD, TA24 8QD [Map]
Telephone Number01643 862507Pub's Own Website 
Opening Times11-23 MO-SA; 12-22:30 SU
FacilitiesAccommodation, Car Park, Evening Meals, Real Fire, Beer Garden, Lunchtime Meals, Quiet Bar, Campsite At / Near Pub


The Ship Inn, March 1998. The photo above
really doesn't do the pub justice

The only pub in this guide that I have not actually consumed a pint in yet as I was unfortunately driving on both visits. Even so, the pub struck me immediately as a very friendly, welcoming hostelry that definitely needs to be visited again for consumption of beer. No TV's or nasty piped music so all the entertainment has to come from the people within.

A very old pub with parts of the thatched building dating back to the 13th century. The pub was mentioned in Lorna Doone. We sat in the low-beamed bar at the front with some very friendly locals. Apart from Draught Bass and Courage Best, Cotleigh Barn Owl beer was on offer, an award winning winter beer brewed in Somerset. They also have a guest beer on offer though not always in Winter.

Caught a glimpse of the menu which included several local dishes which are all cooked on an aga according to the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. They use lobsters from Lynmouth, salmon from the Exe and lamb from Exmoor. All the food seemed very reasonably priced. Must stop there for lunch one day before attempting to climb the famous Porlock Hill.




 
This work presents twenty circular walks varying in length between seven and twelve miles based around good local pubs.,
R Evans, 2007
Adventurous Pub Walks in Somerset

Somerset Pubs (Postcards from the Past),
A Swift & K Elliott, 2007
A  journey into the past, with photographs of over 140 pubs in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Pocket Pub Walks Bristol and Bath,
N Vile, 2007
This is a pocket-size collection of fifteen circular walks each based on a local pub serving good food. It includes routes at Luckington, Stanton Drew, Norton St. Philip, Blagdon, Clevedon and Box Hill, with maps and photographs.

Pub Walks for Motorists: Bristol and Bath, Somerset and Glos.,
N Vile, 2005
This title provides 40 circular routes around this popular walking area, each based on a good local pub. It includes routes around the Quantocks, the Mendips, the Severn estuary and the Cotswolds.

The Lost Pubs of Bath,
k Elliott & A Swift, 2005
The triumphant conclusion to the 'Bath Pubs' trilogy is a celebration of Bath's lost pubs. Join such luminaries as Dr Johnson, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, along with a motley array of coachmen, policemen, harlots, vagabonds and ne'er-do-wells, as they wander from grand coaching inn to humble alehouse, from refined pleasure garden to squalid knocking shop. The one thing all their ports of call have in common is that, in every case, last orders have been called for ever.

Old Inns of Bristol,
CFW Dening & M Fells, 2005
Old Inns of Bristol is a guide to the historic pubs in the city. First published in 1943, the original book is reproduced here, along with an updated preface by local writer and broadcaster Maurice Fells.

Pub Strolls in Somerset,
A Edwards, 2004
A collection of 30 short walks based on good local pubs, this guide includes routes at Dulverton, Nether Stowey, South Cadbury, Corfe and Muchelney.

Britishpubguide.com Bristol Pub Guide,
D Shine, 2004
A comprehensive and fully up-to-date guide to over 750 pubs and bars in and around the Bristol area.

Pub Walks in the Mendips,
P Forrester, 2004
Twenty circular walks based on good local pubs, this guide includes routes at Cheddar, East Harptree, Wells, Stratton-on-the-Fosse and Oldford.

Pub Strolls Around Bristol and Bath,
R Noyce, 2000
Pleasant walks near good pubs.

The Hidden Inns of the West Country,
J Billing & R Peace, 2000
The first in the Hidden Inns series, this guide contains 10 chapters giving historical facts, important landmarks and places to visit. A full page is devoted to each pub or inn.

Pub Walks in Somerset,
M Power, 1998
Collection of pleasant walks near ood pubs in Somerset.

Short Walks from Pubs in Exmoor and North Devon,
C Whynne-Hammond, 1996
A collection of 20 short circular walks based on good local pubs. Includes walks near Minehead, Ilfracombe, South Molten and Tiverton. With sketch maps and photographs.

Short Walks from Pubs Near Bristol and Bath,
N Vile, 1996
A collection of 20 walks based on good local pubs including The Black Horse at North Nibley, The George at Lacock and The Live and Let Live at Blagdon.

 
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